Masters' Secrets of Turkey Hunting
To move or not to move--that is the question. Many of us who hunt turkeys fail to answer this question correctly. About 80-percent of the mistakes made when turkey hunting occur when you either move too soon or don't move soon enough. Here's a look at two of the nation's best turkey hunters with different styles of hunting who will share with us when to move and when not to move on toms.
How To Stay Put And Double Dip
Every year I go to Liberty, Mississippi, to hunt with my friend, Dale Faust. Although Faust and I have chased numbers of gobblers together for many years, each season I learn something new from Faust, who's been an avid turkey hunter all his life.
One morning, Faust had located several gobblers roosting across a small creek from us behind some thick cover.
"These birds usually fly down into this open hardwood bottom and walk up on the ridge in front of us to gobble and strut right after daylight," Faust informed me as we cleared away the leaves in the dark from the base of a tree where we planned to set up. "I believe if we take a stand here by this big chestnut oak we'll get a gobbler and be gone before 8:00 A.M."
Just before daylight, Faust began to call, and three turkeys gobbled. As the sun slowly brightened up the sky and promised light for a new day, I heard the toms fly down out of the trees and land in the dirt road just above us.
With my Browning 5A-automatic resting on my knee, I waited for the turkeys to appear. In less than five minutes, I saw the tri-colored heads of three longbeards bouncing down the road toward us. The gobblers were on the run to what they thought would be a hen ready to be bred. When the birds were at 20-yards, Faust clucked to stop the procession. As one of the toms stepped away from the group and craned his neck to see where the hen was, I fired.